• Best ointment for radiation burns

    Asked by LauraMTD on Sunday, October 11, 2015

    Best ointment for radiation burns

    Tomorrow, I will be on day 20 of 28 days of radiation. My pale Irish skin is bright red and starting to peel. It also itches and stings something awful. I am currently using Miaderm on it and it seemed to be working well until a few days ago. Anyone use anything else with more success?

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    • geekling's Avatar

      Hi LauraMTD. Very sorry for your woes. Radiation is a nightmare no matter the skin type.

      Havent your doctors mentioned Aquaphor cream? If you are a 'natural' gal, you can try Alba unpetroleum jelly:


      or Biofine cream or Silvadine cream? There are others.


      Best wishes

      almost 6 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      My skin had also peeled and blistered during radiation. I used two ointments:

      1. Vitamin A&D ointment. I see this most times in the baby aisle, as relief for diaper rash. I checked this with my radiation oncologist, who said it's comparable to Aquaphor. Like Aquaphor, this ointment is very greasy. I slathered it on when I stayed at home and for overnight, and wore old clothes.

      2. Curel Intensive Healing Lotion. Not greasy. I wore this when I left the house.

      I also wore old, large bras, which gave me the support I needed while being less abrasive against my damaged skin.

      I was told that my skin would heal within two weeks after I finished treatment, and that did happen in my case. Any pain I had was gone five days after my last rads. I posted a blog entry with photos of the healing here:

      I hope your healing progresses just as well. In the meantime, hang in there! *gentle hugs*

      almost 6 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      When I was going through rads, my doctor gave me travel tubes of Aquaphor at each examination. It was slimy as all get out, so what I did was slather it on after getting home from the appointment and used either a raggedy T-shirt or a worn out night gown as an under garment to keep my nice shirts and gowns from getting nasty. I might have only blistered only once and wasn't in too much pain, but my oncologist was astounded at how red I was; therefore, she had me wait 3 weeks before taking Tamoxifen so I could heal up from rads. HTH HUGS and God bless!

      almost 6 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      PS I forgot to tell you, if you need a less abrassive way to support your breasts, you can try a worn out bra or a bakini top that ties both around the back and around theneck so you can adjust it just the way you want it. HUGS and God bless!

      almost 6 years ago
    • Teachergirl's Avatar

      I used miaderm and a cream called My Girls. It's specifically made for breast radiation and works wonders. I purchased it on line and had it in 2 days. Good luck to you.

      almost 6 years ago
    • TXHills' Avatar

      Please check with your radiation oncologist about anything you use on your treated area, and know when you can and cannot use it, in relation to the timing of your appointments. Mine had me use either aloe vera gel or Aquaphor. I think I tried a cream with calendula in it, also. Nothing will really prevent the redness or peeling, but may speed healing. Best to you.

      almost 6 years ago
    • mofields' Avatar

      I to had radiation and have very pale skin. I got bright red then blistered and the blisters opened like a bad burn ( which it really is). The two ointments I received from my radiation oncologist and his staff. They gave me Biafine and another ointment called RadiaGuard. The Biafine was to use on the open skin areas because it did not contain alcohol. I also used these "second skin" pads called Mepilex and they also gave me these gel pads that I put in the refrigerator and used especially on my open areas after a shower. I had my treatment late in the day so I could use these in the evenings and early in the morning. But like others have said, talk with your radiation center staff, especially your doctor.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Fran106's Avatar

      check this with your doctor. I had radiation in 1997 and they allowed me to buy an aloe leaf (Whole Foods type store sold it) Good luck.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Skeernc's Avatar

      I used my Aloe Plant leaves. It was the only thing that worked.

      almost 6 years ago
    • MelanieIIB's Avatar

      My radiation oncologist gave me a prescription for something called X-clair 2x's/day and also told me to use Aquafor 3 x's/day. There is a certain window of time before your radiation treatment that you cannot use any of the creams because it can intensify the burn. I was also told to use Dove Sensitive Skin soap to clean the area, using my hand to lightly go over the area, without using a cloth and lightly pat dry, never rub.

      almost 6 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar

      I used Calendula cream and ointment I got at Whole Foods and recommended by my radiologist

      almost 6 years ago
    • Ctravers1's Avatar

      Manuka honey patches, all natural and unbelievably healing. Buy online.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Sanneh's Avatar

      My doc told me to only use plain Aloe Vera Gel. Most stores carry it. I did not have any blistering at all. Reddness and some discomfort but I put it on before my treatment, after my treatment, sometimes several times a day and before bed. She also told me to get mens undershirts (the sleeveless kind) and wear them instead of my bra. It worked great as I bought them large enough so they wouldn't be too tight. They hug your body but do not rub. Sending prayers.. God bless.

      almost 6 years ago
    • DebbyS's Avatar

      I too have fair skin that doesn't heal well. Once the peel started my oncologist prescribed Silvadine cream. I think it's similar to creams they use on burn patients. Ask at your next radiation appointment. I agree with TxHills that you also need to check to see when you can use what in relation to your treatments. I think I had to wait until after radiation to apply heavy creams.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar

      Please do not use anything without consulting your radiation oncologist first. There are many other things you can use but I would check with your team first. Most will provide everything you need and/or a prescription for something they do not stock themselves. Good luck...keep us posted.

      almost 6 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar

      Calendula gel (or lotion). Slather it on after each "zap" before you dress to go home. It worked wonders for me - no burns in 33 zaps - just a little pink once.

      almost 6 years ago
    • pixiesmom's Avatar

      I used quality aloe vera gel, usually 2-3 times daily. Get a quality product from a health food store near you ( not GNC)

      almost 6 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Make sure to avoid Hot showers as it really dries out the skin. Always rinse the area with cool water and use a very mild soap ( if at all) like a plant based creamy type. stay away from any perfume in your clothing detergent, rise items with vinegar in the softner compartment in the washer and NO DRYER sheets ever.

      Only 100% cotton item on the body and bed sheets..Synthetics can cause friction. Blot with towels never rub. nothing tight.

      Stay away from perfume in any creams as well. Make sure you are drinking your water 8-10 bottles per day. And NO SUN what so ever on radiated area even through clothing.

      My radiologist gave me gels to use and I had no problems with my skin. Ask them for a product to use.

      almost 6 years ago
    • DebraC's Avatar

      I used Miaderm, aloe gel and Banana Boat after sun lotion. It really helped me. Also, as I have said in previous post, wear a cami under your bra. It will really help!!

      almost 6 years ago
    • Jesse0218's Avatar

      My radiation oncologist gave me a prescription Hydrocortisone cream first. Then when my skin got more irritated, they gave me Silver Sulfadene and also the Aquaphor. They gave me the bra lecture, where they tell you not to wear a bra because it irritates your skin. I tried going without it and that lasted one day. My t-shirt rubbed just enough to make me more itchy and miserable. So, I put the bra back on and used ABD pads to pad between my bra and skin where I needed extra padding. I had my problems with it, but I went through it better than a lot of others.

      almost 6 years ago
    • debsweb18's Avatar

      I mixed aloe gel with aquaphor to cut down the greasiness. My dr mixed some aquaphor with lidocaine towards the end. I also used cortisone when I was itching. Don't scratch it will only make it worse!

      almost 6 years ago
    • Diaswaj's Avatar

      I know you’re not gonna believe this but my rash from radiation this morning was killing me it was red swollen wet blistering and I took a Benadryl pill to stop the itching but the pain didn’t stop. So I did something strange and I wet a Tylenol pill and rubbed it on my rash I did it twice today and my rash is practically gone

      over 1 year ago

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